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It Turns Out 17th March Is Officially The Most Stressful Day Of The Year

It Turns Out 17th March Is Officially The Most Stressful Day Of The Year

Why am I not surprised?!

Joanna Freedman

Joanna Freedman

Been feeling agitated today? Too many looming deadlines? Fed up with lockdown's daily grind?

Well, that might be because Tuesday 17th March is officially the most stressful day of the year. Yep, it's official.

According to research conducted last year, which recorded data from over 500,000 women, the 17th March was the day that people felt the most bleak.

Of course, it's worth remembering that this was a week before lockdown last year, so there was a bit of added turmoil in the mix.

But if you're a bit burnt out today, then, well, this might be why...

Today is the most stressful day of the year (

The research was conducted by period logging app, Natural Cycles, which gives users the option to log their emotions alongside their cycles, on a daily basis.

Some other interesting findings were recorded, such as the fact that Mondays are actually not as stressful as we've been conditioned to believe.

Yep, users actually rated it the 2nd least stressful day, following Sunday - so, no need to dread waking up after the weekend, after all.

Wednesday took the prize as the most stressful day of the week, probably due to piling workloads and looming deadlines which need to be met.

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After all, hump-day signifies the middle of the working week - aka, when things start to get serious...

Of course, it shouldn't be surprising, then, that the most stressful day of the year has fallen on a Wednesday, too.

If you've got a case of the March 17th grumps, then might we suggest spending some quality time with your pet, if you're lucky enough to have one?

You see, a study from Battersea Dogs and Cats home has revealed that, besides being super cute, household animals have actually played key roles in helping us maintain routine, stay motivated and look after our mental wellbeing.

The study found that almost four in 10 of 2,000 cat and dog owners surveyed admitted that having a pet with them during lockdown had helped them maintain a regular routine.

Your pet could boost your morale (

More than half (58 per cent) said that having a pet with them while they work during lockdown has helped boost their productivity and motivation.

And 60 per cent said it has helped them out of bed in the morning.

Plus, one fifth (20 per cent) have shared lunch with their dog while 43 per cent say their pet has helped reduce their anxiety.

Looks like we need to start scheduling in some animal bonding time every Wednesday...

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Topics: lockdown, Mental Health, Covid-19